North American expats in Belize reveal its draws

Published:  19 Dec at 9 AM
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North American expats living in Belize have revealed the reasons why they chose the picturesque Caribbean nation as their new home.

In addition to the pristine beaches and rolling mountains, they say they only need between US$2,000 and US$3,000 a month to give them a comfortable lifestyle. Another reason is that it is closer to home than many of the other countries and islands in the Central American/Caribbean region.

Located beneath Mexico’s Tucatan peninsula, Belize has a population of 330,000 and boasts a rich heritage such as Maya temples, colonial mansions, dense jungle and a scenic coastline.

One of the main towns for expats, San Pedro, is a bustling colonial town popular among holidaymakers. Another popular settlement among those relocating from North America are Ambergris Caye.

Canadian Linda Miller explained that when she was younger she would travel to Florida because she liked spending her holiday on the beach and in the pool. And when she visited Belize for the first time in March 2007, she fell so in love with the tropical haven that she had returned to live permanently before the end of the year.

She went on to say that there was always something happening and the food was great. She noted that prices in Ambergris had increased because of its popularity, but said by buying local products you cut costs, adding that it was cheaper to live in than Canada.

Meanwhile, International Living editor Jason Holland noted that it wasn’t surprising the country had grown so much in popularity as it suddenly offers a feeling of “possibility and opportunity” for people to either start a business or retire comfortably. He added that people were genuine and helpful and, because it was not as established as other places in the region, there were genuine business opportunities.
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